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Avoiding the Home-School Horrors… Tips to transition from school holidays to home-school.

With school holidays coming to an end this week but schools remaining closed throughout Australia due to COVID-19 it can be a struggle to get back into the home-school routine. We’ve pulled together some tips to help ease with the transition and create a healthy space for parents and kids to co-educate.

CULIVATE A CLEAN SPACE TO WORK IN

Before you settle in for the school week, pack away any clutter from the table where your little one will be home schooling; start by popping all toys, pesky Lego pieces, colouring pencils and the likes into a box. An empty shoebox or Tupperware container makes for a good ad-hoc storage box! This not only minimises distractions for the child but also subtly reinforces that the workspace is for schoolwork and not for play.

At the end of the school day encourage children to tidy up their own school supplies for the following day. Research indicates clean workspaces increases positivity and productivity in our children and can lead to better grades… and at the very least let’s get our kids into good habits and take charge of their own mess.

CREATE A DAILY PLAN

Consistency and structure are calming for kids in a time of stress and maintaining a sense of routine can be helpful for the whole family when trying to navigate what home-schooling looks like day to day.

Get your kids involved in creating the daily plan so they know what times throughout the day will be dedicated for schoolwork subjects and what times of the day will be for meals and activities such as movement, creativity and craft. Kids, especially younger kids, benefit from knowing when something’s going to happen and what time something is going to take place.

When creating your daily plan start by plotting in the things kids recognise and are used too; put the consistent elements of the day in first, things such as wake up times, meal times, bed and bath times and build the rest of the day from there.

Be flexible! Everyday doesn’t have to be 9am – 3pm. Some day’s kids may move through schoolwork more quickly then others, Fridays may call for an early mark and there may be days when you need to divert from the daily plan and that’s ok!

Try not to panic that your child will fall behind, work on activities they’re passionate about such as spending more times on arts and crafts or a specific technical skill they use in their team sport. Teach them one of your old passions from school – go on and release your inner child!

Pop the daily plan on the fridge so it is visible for the family to see and start your new home-school routines like a boss!

INJECT FUN INTO THE DAY

There are so many new activities you can incorporate to keep the kids entertained and off their screens, as challenging as that can be at times! Breaking out a puzzle, getting them involved in cooking a healthy afternoon snack, planning a family board game in the evening and making time in the to get them moving to burn off energy.

INJECT FUN INTO THE DAY

There are so many new activities you can incorporate to keep the kids entertained and off their screens, as challenging as that can be at times! Breaking out a puzzle, getting them involved in cooking a healthy afternoon snack, planning a family board game in the evening and making time in the to get them moving to burn off energy.

LETS GET PHYSICAL

The self-isolation imposed from COVID-19 is impacting all our lifestyles and making sure keep our kids active throughout the day vital. Staying sedentary has an impact on their immune systems and can lead to poor mental and physical health in our young ones. Get outside before the colder weather hits, make sure you join us for one of our many live classes, follow our social channels for our challenge of the week and exercise of the day so we can all move together when we can’t be together!

CONNECTION IS KEY

Connection and socialisation is a key component of childhood healthy development and whilst maintaining social distancing it is still possible to have foster friendships. Building popularity out of UK & US neighbourhoods have created scavenger hunts. The scavenger hunts started when one neighbour popped an item in their window and other neighbours followed suit, kids and parents would then look for this item when on their walks, “I SPY” style! In some neighbourhoods this was a teddy in the window or a drawing of a rainbow and passers by could show solidarity for their neighbours and wave from a distance.

In the virtual world, Netflix has added a movie night feature so you can watch movies with your friends. With the ability to pause, rewind and chat to those friends watching the movie with you; these new features allows you to grab the kids some snacks and enjoy a movie whilst hosting a play-date.

And potentially the most paramount …

DON’T STRESS ABOUT BEING THEIR TEACHER YOU’RE JUST DOING YOUR BEST WITH THE TOOLS YOU’VE BEEN PROVIDED!

We’ll be posting mindfulness tips, kid friendly recipes & all things kids health and fitness if there’s something you want to hear about please get in touch frenchsforest@myfirstgym.com.au